Show Credits: Book by Stephen Flaherty Music by Stephen Flaherty Co-Conceived by Eric Idle Book by Lynn Ahrens Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Description: Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from TONY winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island and Ragtime).
Transporting audiences from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus, the Cat in the Hat, our narrator, tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing tiny people called the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child who gets in trouble for thinking too many "thinks." Horton's challenge is twofold - not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must also guard an abandoned egg that's been left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant!
Seussical JR. is great fun for the whole family. Young performers will be excited to portray the characters from the popular Dr. Seuss books. This musical provides wonderful creative opportunities in terms of set design, lighting, and costuming and can easily accommodate a large cast.
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Insight from the experts Staging Tip: A FEW "THINKS" FROM THE AUTHORS
WHAT IS SEUSSICAL?
This is a new musical, based on the works of Dr. Seuss. But it isn't just a string of his stories set to music. And it isn't just one of his stories. In fact, what we've done is to create a totally new, full-length book musical, with a story which weaves together his most famous tales and characters in unexpected ways. The Seuss lexicon includes hundreds upon hundreds of wondrous characters, creatures, places and things. "Seussical" incorporates elements from at least 15 of his books, as well as many of his best-loved and most familiar characters. Many of these characters never met one another before. But they meet in our musical. And in the course of the evening, some will fall in love, some will have desperate adventures and some will save the world. And they'll all travel everywhere from the Jungle of Nool to McEligott's Pool to Palm Beach.
Dr. Seuss believes in helping a friend, in not giving up, in keeping a promise. He believes in the value and dignity of others, in working to preserve the fragile sweetness of the natural world, and he believes that peace is the ultimate ideal, among nations and in every heart. He also believes in the pure power of the imagination. You will find all these serious concerns at the heart of "Seussical."
SOME THOUGHTS ON HOW TO DO THE SHOW:
Our show has been through many different versions in its writing and in production. From its original reading in New York to its Toronto Workshop, through its Broadway run and on to two successful national tours, a number of talented designers, directors and choreographers have tried their hands at creating the world of Dr. Seuss. We've all learned a lot along the way, but we can sum it up in three words: LESS IS MORE!
If you want to do your production on a gym floor in sweatpants and colorful T-shirts, with a ladder for a tree and a few simple props and feathers, please go right ahead and do it. the show will work--beautifully! Don't think you need anything more elaborate. The simpler and more imaginative your production is, the more the story will come shining through. After all, this is a story about the imagination. Use yours.
As for choreography, yes, you guessed it--Less IS MORE! Dr. Seuss is all about language, and so is "Seussical". We've noticed that the more complicated and busy the choreography is, the more difficult it becomes to follow the story, which is dense and told mostly in song. If you tell the story clearly and simply, sing with precision, use minimal sets, props and costumes, and don't over-choreograph, you will have a wonderful production and more fun that you can imagine.